NIWI Logo and Capitol BuildingNurse in Washington Internship (NIWI)

The 2022 Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) will take place March 21-23, 2022 at The Alexandrian in Alexandria, VA. 

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NIWI Attendance

NIWI is open to nurses, nursing students, and nursing organization staff leaders that are interested in an orientation to the legislative process. There is not an application or acceptance process to attend NIWI. You just need to register and pay the registration fee. For more information on our scholarships, see below. 


Learn About our 2021 Speakers!

Gladys CampbellGladys Campbell is the principle and leader of Campbell Coaching and Consulting, a business focused on advancing leadership skills and outcomes in today’s complex healthcare arena. Beginning her career as an acute care clinician, she has held a variety of progressively complex leadership and executive roles within health care and has also served on a number of nonprofit boards. She currently works with individuals at all leadership levels, and with organizations, to assist leaders to optimize their leadership skills, advance their personal resiliency, build strong and effective teams, manage conflict, and optimize effectiveness and the achievement of outcomes.

Jo Ann WebbMs. Webb served for twenty years as the Vice President of Federal Relations and Policy for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. She was the chief lobbyist and federal policy expert for the over 9700 registered professional nurses in executive practice who are members of AONL. Ms. Webb served as an Army Nurse and holds a BSN degree from Penn State University and a Master’s in Health Administration from George Washington University. She has also done post-masters work at George Mason University.

Scott PalmerScott Palmer (B.S., MAIS) served as the Director of Communications for the Oregon Nurses Association and for the National Federation of Nurses from 2008 - 2014, and has continued his communications consulting work for a wide range of nursing associations since that time. Scott has provided workshops and lectures for the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, NWOne, the University of New Mexico, the Hawaii Nurses Association, the New Jersey Nurses Association, and the Washington State Nurses Association (with a specific focus on training nurses in advocacy and lobbying skills). Scott also has a background in public relations, media relations, and strategic communications for a wide range of non-profit organizations, including in the performing arts, theatre, library services, urban development, and fundraising/capital campaign management.

NIWI Learning Objectives

Nurses who attend the NIWI Conference will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to be an involved influencer at both the local and national level
  • How to communicate effectively with both legislative staffers and elected officials to advance a policy agenda
  • The specifics of legislative process from Advocacy, to Lobbying, Campaigning and Giving Testimony
  • What key issues impacting nursing and health care might be of personal interest
  • How to identify who your elected representatives are, how to learn about them, how to schedule a meeting with them, how to communicate with them, and how to influence them

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NIWI Attendee Benefits

  • We help you develop the confidence to walk into any legislator’s office to advocate for nursing issues
  • Making meaningful connections with legislators to lay the foundation to build an ongoing relationship
  • Connect you to a community of nurse advocates from your state and attend Hill meetings with your Senators as a group


2022 Conference Schedule
Monday, March 21: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Tuesday, March 22: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm ET
Wednesday, March 23: Hill visits


Nursing Contact Hours

This nursing continuing professional development activity will be submitted for contact hour approval. NIWI 2021 was approved for 5.75 contact hours. 

For More Information

Please contact NOA Headquarters Offices at 859-514-5802 or [email protected].

Comments from Previous NIWI Participants

Wonderful Conference/Internship. I have learned a lot, I especially have the confidence to approach legislators to ask/request support for the nursing profession.

Excellent opportunity for RNs to learn how easy it is to get involved and take action.
Great conference!  This internship has increased my confidence in how to deal with public policy issues and interact with members of Congress and their staff.

Thank you for this amazing experience.  The speakers were insightful and informative on the current happenings in Washington.  This is an outstanding event!

NIWI Scholarships

                      2019 2020 2021

2021 Scholarships

The recipients of the complimentary registration to NIWI 2021 are:

  • Anne DeLeo, MSN, CRNP, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses. Click here to view Anne's report on NIWI. 
  • Nikule Abel, Nursing Student, Board of Director, of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses.

The recipients of the 4th Annual Lois Capps Scholarship to NIWI 2021 are:

  • Nicole Schwartz, RN, MSN, GNP-BC - Department of Veterans Affairs, of Santa Cruz, California. She is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)
  • Tracy Fasolino, PhD, FNP, ACPHN - Associate Professor, Clemson University, of South Carolina. She is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

2020 Scholarships

NIWI 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; no scholarships were awarded in 2020. 

2019 Scholarships

The recipients of the full scholarship to NIWI 2019 is:

  • Laurie Combe, MN, RN, NCSN, of Spring, Texas. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses. Click here to view Laurie's report on NIWI. 

The recipients of the registration scholarships are:

  • Debra Drew, MS, ACNS-BC (retired), RN-BC (retired), AP-PMN, of Maplewood, Minnesota. She is a member of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Click here to view Debra's report on NIWI. 
  • Rachael Viale, MSN, RN, of Sacramento, California. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Click here to view Rachael's report on NIWI.

The recipient of the full student scholarship is Ashley Moore, BSN, MS Candidate (2020), of San Francisco, California. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. Click here to view Ashley's report on NIWI.



NOA's Commitment to a Respectful and Courteous Conference Experience

The Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA) has a zero-tolerance policy for unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status, in any of its activities or operations. NOA conferences are intended for networking and collaboration in the nursing community. We value the participation of each member of the community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by NOA or not.

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